Now on offer from Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods is a line of Pearl Couscous. Available products include Whole Wheat Pearl Couscous, Natural Pearl Couscous and Tricolor Pearl Couscous (red, green and white pearls). Each of these varieties delivers at least six grams of protein per serving.

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Washington, D.C.—Two of the major forces in the organic agriculture and products industry will now merge together under one roof. The Organic Trade Association (OTA) will assume administrative responsibilities for The Organic Center, which will move its headquarters here from Boulder, CO. The Organic Center has traditionally been a scientific voice for the merits of organic agriculture, while the OTA serves its members by advocating for the values, benefits and regulatory standing of organic products in the media and in government.

Hershey, PA—A coalition of independent natural food stores and co-ops, along with several human rights and consumer groups, has sent an open letter to The Hershey Company, urging it to make a substantially larger commitment to relying upon ethically-sourced, Fair Trade cocoa for its chocolate products. The letter comes in the context of reports that illegal and often forced child labor is a major issue with overseas cocoa production.

Before the ballots open on California Prop. 37 on November 6, there are numerous factors and perspectives with which to be familiar. The fate of the proposition that would mandate labeling in the state on all food products containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) is in the hands of voters. The result will likely carry policy implications for the rest of the country, and has the potential to make an immediate impact on the entire food industry due to the size California’s consumer base.

Sensitive diet products—gluten-free, allergen-free and intolerance-friendly—are big, big business today. They’ll be Bill Gates big by 2017, when the global market is predicted to crest $26 billion (1). It’s a classic case of supply meeting demand. The result for those with special dietary restrictions is increased selection and a more fulfilling experience with their food. The implication for product makers certainly involves more profit, but there’s also an imperative to continue to satisfy, reach out to and protect their new customers.

Earth Island introduces Follow Your Heart Vegenaise Gourmet, a line of heart-healthy and soy-free dipping sauces and spreads. The line includes exotic flavors such as roasted garlic, pesto, chipotle and barbecue. Also new are two classic sauces, horseradish and tartar, remixed with vegan style. All products are gluten free, kosher parve, cholesterol free, dairy free and non-GMO with no preservatives or trans-fats.

FungusAmongUs presents a line of 0.5-oz dried mushrooms, which includes mushroom medley, porcini, shiitake, maitake, crimini, black trumpet, chanterelle, portabello and oyster. These mushrooms are both low carb and certified organic, and can be used as flavor enhancers in numerous recipes.

1-2-3 Gluten Free has come out with Olivia’s Outstanding Multi-Purpose Flour Mix. The all-natural, gluten-free flour is made in a facility free of wheat, gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, egg and soy. This fortified flour mix is also corn free, GMO free and made in the USA.